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Thailand abandons plans to introduce tax for foreign tourists

The Thai government has abandoned plans to introduce a fee for foreign tourists arriving in the country by plane. The idea of ​​forcing foreigners to pay 300 baht (about $8) upon entry has been promoted since 2019, and is now supported by the tourism industry and part of the government. However, the day before, Thai Prime Minister Settha Thaweesin seemed to put an end to the dispute.

He said levying a fee could generate short-term revenue. But in the long term, without introducing a tax, more tourists will visit the country and, accordingly, stimulate the economy more. “Many of Thailand’s cities and islands are recognized as world-class tourist destinations. We should focus on encouraging rational ideas that can contribute to further development, rather than listening to certain discouraging opinions,” quotes Thavisina edition of The Nation.

Let us remind you that it was planned to introduce a tourist tax more than once; the date was constantly postponed. The measure could have come into force on January 1, 2024, but the decision was then postponed indefinitely.

We previously wrote that until the end of this year, a 60-day maximum period for visa-free stay of Russian citizens in Thailand for tourism purposes has been established.

Source: Tourdom

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